The Leys is renowned for its academic excellence and its holistic approach to each child’s education. Founded in 1875 the school campus sits within a spacious and leafy 50 acre campus in heart of the university city of Cambridge offering girls and boys the best of both worlds: a traditional boarding school education with amazing opportunities right on the doorstep.
Academic life – to learn
Through the provision of a broad and balanced curriculum, Leys pupils develop into articulate, confident and well-rounded individuals who are creative and culturally aware. As a result of the school’s unique position within one of the world’s most illustrious seats of learning Leys pupils benefit from unparalleled opportunities to hear from global authorities on subjects as diverse as Theoretical Physics (Professor Stephen Hawking, whose son was educated at The Leys) and Murders Most Extraordinary (Sir Justice Royce). Old Leysians including Sir Andrew Wiles and Martin Bell have also contributed to recent lectures. Opportunities such as these add to the enrichment within each pupil’s timetable, tailored to their aptitudes, needs and interests.
The wider curriculum – to motivate
Pupils at The Leys are encouraged to involve themselves in as many societies, teams and groups as possible and with so much on offer (music, drama, CCF, D of E and various workshops) there is never a shortage of opportunities. Pupils quickly develop their leadership and analytical skills while having fun and gaining valuable experiences for later life. Sport plays a huge part in the School’s extended curriculum with rowing, water-polo, climbing, volleyball, sailing and many others offered alongside the more traditional options of netball, rugby, cricket, tennis and hockey.
Pastoral care – to support
As a traditional boarding school, (with a limited number of day places) The Leys places much emphasis on providing a caring, friendly and secure environment for all its pupils. The 11 houses comprise dedicated study areas as well as communal social spaces and comfortable accommodation. Day pupils too have their own houses, fostering a real sense of integration with the boarding community. Housemasters and Housemistresses are supported by Deputies and Matrons giving each house a real family feel. In a school of 565 pupils (often referred to as a big, small school) it is possible to treat each child as an individual where the welfare and happiness of each pupil is of paramount importance.
The Leys combines hard work with relaxation, discipline with informality and traditional with innovation, successfully creating an environment where pupils grow in confidence and self-esteem.